TORONTO — Delsan – A.I.M. Environmental Services Inc. of Montreal has been fined $60,000 in relation to a 2016 incident where demolition work caused a wall to collapse at the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit project site, injuring one worker and a number of pedestrians.
According to the Ministry of Labour (MOL), Delsan was subcontracted to demolish the existing buildings at 874-876 Eglinton Ave. W.
On April 18, 2016, the front facade wall of a building facing Eglinton Avenue West was being demolished and two workers were assigned to control pedestrian traffic that was passing underneath an overhead protection. The workers were using a hand signal to alert the machine operator demolishing the wall to stop work so they could escort pedestrians to the other side.
That afternoon, one worker signalled and believed there had been a signal back indicating demolition had stopped, but while pedestrians were being escorted, the wall collapsed due to a latent defect in the wall, the MOL describes.
As a result, the court found the defendant failed to take the reasonable precaution of having an adequate procedure for the protection of workers and pedestrians adjacent to the wall, as required under the law. The company was convicted under Section 25(2)(h) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act on Nov. 9 in a Toronto court by Justice of the Peace Ruby Wong.
Crosslinx Transit Solutions Constructor (CTSC) issued a statement saying: "Safety is a core CTSC value and critical to our success. Outstanding safety performance and outstanding project execution go hand in hand. Our goal is to achieve and maintain a world class level of safety."